Freedom of Information
The Malaysian government has repeatedly rebuffed requests for FOI legislation from opposition Parliamentarians, civil society representatives and journalists' groupings and so on. Its chief argument is that access to information could "affect race relations" within the multi-ethnic population. The Official Secrets Act (OSA) and several other related laws limit access to any information deemed an official secret by the government. Those who make public such information risk criminal prosecution, and may be subject to stiff fines or even imprisonment.
However, Freedom of Information Enactment passed in Selangor in year 2011 and Penang in year 2014.
- Make strategic test case requests
- Map out administrative bodies and officers
- Website to track and make public requests for information based on Alavateli open source platform
- Strategic Litigation to challenge FOI denials
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